With two weeks of the season already complete, and the Week 13 off-week out of the way, we’ll quickly be moving into the core part of the season these next few weeks. As we head into the remainder of the season, here’s a few details on some of the upcoming races:
Last season the Sportsman Series made it’s first trip to Michigan, and what a race it was. From the drop of the green the field was two and mostly three wide, featuring 12 different leaders and 30 lead changes in the 50-lap race. This season the series will return to Michigan with a very similar set of rules/procedures for the race.
The race will be a fixed-setup race, putting it in the driver’s hands to race it out at the 2-mile speedway, rather than a setup being the deciding factor, meaning once again Michigan will be a great equalizer for those drivers who sometimes feel off the pace. The setup we’ll be using will be the “charlotte_quadoval” fixed iRacing setup, with a 3.15 gear change.
In addition to the Michigan event being a fixed-setup race, one fast reset will be allowed, and also one set of tires will be available at a halfway break. We will turn off iRacing cautions for the event and will use manual cautions, meaning the race will be 50-green flag laps, but we will be manually calling out cautions when major incidents happen. Once a caution is called out and the field bunches up, drivers will be given a maximum of three laps under caution for drivers to get down pit road to get their fast reset if they have one, or make repairs, before we go back to green. At the halfway point of the race (the completion of lap 25), or if a caution comes out close to that point, we will allow all drivers to head down pit road for a new set of tires. This will be the ONLY time tires will be allowed, so if a driver doesn’t get them at that time, they will not be allowed to take them later.
Eldora and Volusia
For the first time, the series will be getting dirty on a pair of dirt tracks this season. Drivers will bring out the Dirt Street Stocks for these two races and will mix it up with a completely different style of racing, which could play a big role in the championship fight if a driver can conquer sliding around these short tracks.
These two races will remain open-setup, but will switch up the qualifying format and will feature Heat Racing to set the grid. Much like the Sprint Series and Late Model Series, the Heat Race lineups will be completely random, and then drivers will battle it out in Heat Races, and then a C/B-Main if needed, before rolling off for the 75-lap A-Main.
360 WINGED Triple Header & Double Features
Before the season started, we made the decision to go with the Non-Wing Sprint cars for the Sprint Series, but we didn’t want to leave out the Winged cars either. So for three specially marked weeks, the Winged Sprint cars will be joining the party for a Triple Crown series. Two of these Triple Crown events will be run as double features with the Non-Wing cars, while the middle event of the series will be run during the regular season off-week between Weeks 6-7.
For the two double feature nights, in Week 5 and Week 8, the Non-Wing cars will run their feature first, with the Winged cars running the second feature of the night. Due to time restraints, we want to make sure we get both races completed in a timely manner, so we’ll be switching up the qualifying format for these races. The qualifying process will be similar to our asphalt qualifying format, as both races will have time trials for qualifying, with a random invert of 6-10 cars at the front of the field.
For the other Triple Crown event which will take place during the regular season off-week after Week 6, only the Winged cars will race during the off-week, and they will run a full dirt format for qualifying, with Heat Races and a C/B-Main if needed to set the grid.
Late Model Series
Mud-Summer Meltdown Qualifier Races
As we announced before the season, our first major dirt event will take place after the Summer Season concludes, in the Mud-Summer Meltdown presented by SARA and the Can-Am Racing Series. The event will take place during the week of August 28-31 and the best drivers from both leagues will battle it out for the victory. A total of 24 cars will start the main event, and drivers will have a chance to lock themselves in early during the course of the season.
The Week 6 event at Eldora, and the Week 8 race at Volusia will serve as our two qualifier races, featuring an extended lap count as both races will be 100 laps. The winner of both of these races will be guaranteed a spot in the main event of the Mud-Summer Meltdown. Although the winner of these races will be locked in, they can still try to improve their starting spots for the main event during the qualifying nights, but if they can’t make the show on their own they will be awarded provisionals to start at the back of the field.
More details on the Mud-Summer Meltdown will be coming #soon.
Later this fall, the Fall Brawl Spectacular will return for the third year as the biggest short track event on iRacing. Leading up to the Fall Brawl, three races have been added for drivers to earn a chance to lock themselves into the event, in what we’re calling the #RoadToTheFallBrawl.
These three races will be only eligible to drivers that have NOT previously won a Super Series race, meaning anyone who has a SLM win to their name will be forced to sit out, leaving the rest of the field to battle it out for a chance to make the biggest race of the year. The winner of each race, plus the top two drivers highest in points (a separate points battle) out of the three races will also lock themselves in.
The first race will take place during the regular season off-week at the South Boston Speedway. The second event will take place after the season concludes and has now been moved to the Las Vegas Bullring, and then during the Fall Season the final race will take place at Five Flags.
More info on the #RoadToTheFallBrawl can be found HERE.
For the second year, we’ll be throwing it back during our Summer Season finale, as drivers will be encouraged to bring out their best throwback paint schemes for the HidesPride.com Throwback 200 at Lanier. Last year we saw throwbacks from local drivers, to some ASA schemes, and all the way up to some iconic NASCAR schemes.
As drivers get their throwback schemes ready, please share with us and we will help unveil your schemes on social media leading up to the race.
Last year’s throwback schemes can be seen HERE.